The Allure of Toxic Leaders: Why We Follow Destructive Bosses and Corrupt Politicians--And How We Can Survive Them
Toxic leaders, both political, like Slobodan Milosevic, and corporate, like Enron's Ken Lay, have always been with us, and many books have been written to explain what makes them tick. Here leadership scholar Jean Lipman-Blumen explains what makes the followers tick, exploring why people will tolerate--and remain loyal to--leaders who are destructive to their organizations...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 2004)
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Jean Lipman-Blumen's "The Allure of Toxic Leaders: Why We Follow Destructive Bosses and Corrupt Politicians - And How We Can Survive Them" initially appealed to me on several levels. As someone who studied public administration and nonprofit management at the graduate level, the book addressed issues I had been familiar with from my prior academic career. As someone who formerly served on the Board of Directors of a nonprofit organization that was undone by poor leadership as well as poor follo...more
As assortment of genuinely interesting ideas wrapped in fuzzy prose. The book would have been better if the arguments were presented in a more structured and logical manner (see, e.g., Dean's Conservatives Without Conscience).